Lat­est new ‘won­der drug’

Life & Style Weekend - - YOU - Visit Hamish at Kaizen Ex­er­cise Phys­i­ol­o­gists, 2/47 Sixth Ave, Ma­roochy­dore, and get your well­ness on track. WELL­NESS With Hamish McMichael

IF YOU could bot­tle this drug and dis­trib­ute it in phar­ma­cies, the ef­fects on health would be the sin­gle most ef­fec­tive med­i­cal treat­ment avail­able in the world. But this drug isn’t backed by mas­sive phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies and is read­ily avail­able to ev­ery­one for free.

This won­der drug is phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. While phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal

drug use is rapidly on the in­cline, 70% of Aus­tralians above the age of 15 were clas­si­fied as seden­tary or hav­ing low lev­els of

phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. This trend seems to be get­ting worse, not bet­ter.

In fact, Dr Stephen Blair, a prom­i­nent health re­searcher, re­cently stated that phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity is the big­gest pub­lic

health prob­lem of the 21st cen­tury. The facts are that it’s dan­ger­ous to be in­ac­tive. It’s ac­tu­ally more dan­ger­ous to be

un­fit and in­ac­tive than it is to be over­weight, smoke, have high pres­sure or di­a­betes – a line-up of the known big­gest killers in the mod­ern world.

Ex­er­cise has now stepped into the realm of ‘treat­ment’ and has be­come one of the ma­jor pil­lars of life­style medicine

pre­scribed by doc­tors to ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gists through­out Aus­tralia. Rather than just pre­scrib­ing drugs, there is a grow­ing

shift to pre­scribe ex­er­cise and life­style mod­i­fi­ca­tions to treat ill­ness and dis­ease. It makes sense to treat the cause, not just the symp­toms.

It has been said that if ex­er­cise was a drug, it would be

re­garded as a won­der pill. What does this won­der pill do? De­creases the risk of colon, breast, lung and prostate

cancer. Re­duces the risk of devel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes by 60%. Re­duced pain and dis­abil­ity by 47% in pa­tients with knee arthri­tis.

Re­duced pro­gres­sion of Alzheimer’s and de­men­tia by 50% in el­derly pa­tients. Re­duced anx­i­ety by 48% – it’s as good as an­tide­pres­sants.

Re­duces the risk of heart dis­ease by 40%. Low­ers the risk of stroke by 27%. The list of the ben­e­fits of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity are too numer­ous to fit on a med­i­cal pre­scrip­tion pad. There is no medicine that can treat a range of chronic con­di­tions like ex­er­cise can. Tak­ing a pill is easy. Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity takes more time and

ef­fort. The ben­e­fits are clearly worth it and the side ef­fects in­clude los­ing weight, feel­ing great and an in­creased sex drive – a bit dif­fer­ent from the other drug side ef­fects.

If you’d like to get ac­cess to this won­der drug, please con­tact Hamish at Kaizen Ex­er­cise Phys­i­ol­o­gists –

hamish@kaizenep.com.au.

PHOTO: ELNARIZ

Rather than just pre­scrib­ing drugs, there is a grow­ing shift to pre­scribe ex­er­cise and life­style mod­i­fi­ca­tions to treat ill­ness and dis­ease.

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